It’s a new week, and I’ve decided to try something new (again). Clipping Coupons! I am sure everyone out there has used a coupon or two recently…and I am sure there are quite a few of you that are really good at it. I attempted to be coupon savvy about a year ago. I saved some money, purchased some things I totally didn’t need, and then gave up because it just takes a lot of time, and we didn’t really have any space to keep 50 cans of green beans…or whatever the deal of the week was.
With our new house we have plenty of space; I actually have less time; but we sure do have more bills…so why not??
The dilemma I had during the first attempt was how to organize all the coupons. How do you turn this into dollars??
Last year I tried organizing them in a small expanding file folder, similar to this one from Staples:
Mine only had about 6 dividers and it was hard to determine where to put each coupon and they were somewhat difficult to see once they got tucked in there.
This time I have decided to try out a binder with clear pockets. This afternoon I gathered my supplies, and I attempted to get organized…
I started by printing off headers for each of the pages.
I started with quite a few headers. I cut the coupons then put them on top of the appropriate page. I realized as I went along I needed quite a few more headers…
Then I put each page in a sheet protector…
Then into the binder (I tried to organize them in the order of the grocery store…roughly).
Each time I clip a new coupon I can simply put it into the correct pocket. These page protectors are much better than the small file because I can actually see through them and fit my hand in there easily.
Last year a friend told me about these great sites for clipping and saving:
www.iheartcvs.com (And I really do heart CVS)
http://www.jillcataldo.com/ (Maybe some day I will bump into her as I am carting around my binder at CVS…she lives in the same town as us, lol)
Now I have everything I need to save some money…wish me luck on actually following thru with this! I will let you know if I made some good purchases.